Why we should colonize Mars (and other planets and the satellites too)

Alex Kuzoian and Jessica Orwig of Business Insider has prepared a video titled “Here’s why Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars”. In the video, we see some reasons why we should colonize Mars someday.

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Top 22 most powerful bite forces in carnivore land mammals

Bite force is an important property of carnivore ecology because these amazing animals need to kill their prey as easily as possible, and the bite force is a vital factor in this context. Here are the top 22 most powerful bites in carnivore land mammals.

The values below are average bite forces at the canine tips and taken from the most recent and accurate 2007 research titled Bite Forces and Evolutionary Adaptations to Feeding Ecology in Carnivores by Per Christiansen and Stephen Wroe of the Ecological Society of America.

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Planet Nine – Where is it?

In January 2015, Caltech (California Institute of Technology) astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown published an article titled Evidence For A Distant Giant Planet In The Solar System and announced calculation-based evidence of a massive ninth planet. Despite they have had started their research to demonstrate that there’s no ninth planet, they reached the exact opposite result: there must be a ninth planet beyond Pluto, and it’s probably 10 times the mass of Earth (for comparison, Neptune has 17 times as much mass compared to the Earth).

In an effort to state Planet Nine’s exact location, a team of French scientists used the data from the Cassini-Huygens (an unmanned spacecraft orbiting Saturn, launched on October 15, 1997). They couldn’t able to find the exact location of the giant planet, but they narrowed down the “possible areas”.

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Humpback Whale Thanks to its Rescuers After Being Freed From Nets

An amazing and wonderful video that I came across a few years ago: Michael Fishbach, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy, his family and friends rescued a Humpback Whale from fishnets, and after being freed, the whale shows amazing appreciation to the rescuers.

The Great Whale Conservancy was launched in 2010 to advocate for the great whales, they need our help and protection to survive, to learn more about our current efforts and find out how we can work together.

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Top 5 largest prehistoric cats

Like all prehistoric counterparts of today’s animals, the prehistoric cats were usually larger, heavier and more robust than today’s felines. Here are the top five largest prehistoric cats.

For comparison, male African Lions sometimes exceed 250 kg (550 lb) in weight. Reported body measurements in males are head-body lengths ranging from 170 to 250 cm (5 ft 7 inches to 8 ft 2 inches), tail lengths of 90-105 cm (2 ft 11 in-3 ft 5 in). Male Siberian (Amur) tigers have a head and body length of between 190-230 cm (75-91 in) and weigh between 180 to 306 kg (397 to 675 lb).

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Whiteface Mountain (New York) hits -114 °F (-81.11 °C) wind chill at its summit

While the New York City suffers the coldest Valentine’s Day in 100 years, as East Coast is hit with a record-low wind chill of -36 °F (-37.77 °C), the Whiteface Mountain reached -114 °F (-81.11 °C) wind chill at its summit. And it was even colder than the windchill in Antarctica.

With an elevation of 1,483 meters (4,865 feet) above the sea level, the Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York. On Saturday night (February 13-14, 2016), the Arctic winds blew at 45 mph (72.42 km/h) at the summit, and according to the U.S. National Weather Service, it was actually colder than Antarctica on Sunday. It’s probably one of the lowest temperatures ever recorded outside of the poles of Earth.

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Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, died aged 85

Edgar Mitchell, the American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the Moon, died on February 4, 2016, aged 85.

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The Tiny Earth

We are living on a tiny life-bearing rock, an oasis, in a large, very large and hostile desert called “Universe“. The universe is big, really big, in fact, even our solar system is shockingly large compared to Earth. But again, our brains have problems dealing with big numbers and large objects.

Jacqui Frank of Business Insider has prepared video comparing our planet with large astronomical objects (and distances) in the Universe. These amazing to-scale visuals will help to recognize how small (and fragile) our planet is.

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Astronomers Think There is a 9th Planet Beyond Pluto – And It’s a Giant!

Astronomers now think there’s a 9th planet in the solar system almost certainly (hint: it’s not Pluto). The farthest planet from our Sun is probably a giant, smaller than Neptune but likely larger than the Earth. It is informally called Phattie, but commonly known as Planet Nine.

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If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A tediously accurate map of the Solar System

The title describes itself. Artist and designer Josh Worth has created a great web page which is actually a scaled model of our Solar System. He scaled the Moon to only one pixel (the radius of the Moon is 1,737 km / 1079.322 mi) and put the planets and other astronomical bodies like the Kuiper Belt objects accordingly.

Since the human brain cannot deal with the really large numbers, it is a good way to understand how big is our Solar System actually (it is really big!).

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